APS Bridge Program

Request for Proposals

The RFP for the 2014-2015 academic year is now closed. Initial proposals were due October 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET. All who submitted an initial proposal can expect a response by October 18, 2013. Selected institutions will be invited to submit a full proposal, due December 20, 2013 at 5 p.m. ET.

In the 2012-2013 RFP solicitation, we received and reviewed twenty-four initial proposals, and of these, seven advanced to the full proposal submission process. Two of these were selected to become Bridge Sites.

From the competitive pool of 2013 student applicants, seven students were placed at APS Bridge Sites as Bridge Fellows, and two more students were offered direct admission into the site’s PhD program. The program was also able to facilitate admission into graduate programs for an additional five students, well surpassing the original projected outcomes.

This request for proposals (RFP) document provides guidelines by which institutions can apply to become bridge sites, and criteria we will use to select these institutions.

Download the full Request for Proposals PDF

To be eligible, the Bridge Site must be a university or college that offers a Master’s or Doctoral degree in physics, and be located and accredited in the United States or Puerto Rico. The institution must have active research programs readily available to Bridge Fellows throughout the academic year. The institution must also be an APS-BP Member Institution prior to receiving support. Joining is free.

Apply to become a member institution

A webinar describing the program, the Request for Proposal process, and details of Bridge Site selection was held on September 20, 2013. To view the webinar you will need to register with your name and email address.

View a recording of the webinar

Project management encourages inquiries and consultation during the proposal writing process. Please contact Brian Beckford (phone: 301-209-3398, email beckford@aps.org) for further information.